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Reds revamp bench for series with Cardinals

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 23, 2014 at 5:51 pm •  Published: May 23, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds revamped their bench for a series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, calling up outfielder Donald Lutz and optioning infielder Neftali Soto to Triple-A Louisville.

They also had right fielder Jay Bruce back in the starting lineup for the series opener. Bruce had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee on May 5. He was activated Wednesday, but didn't appear in a 2-1 victory at Washington.

"They said the recovery time would be three to four weeks," Bruce said. "I've had three weeks of utter rehab. So we're right around that mark.

"I'm happy to be healthy again."

The Reds still are missing first baseman Joey Votto, on the disabled list with a strained muscle above his left knee. Votto hasn't played since May 15. It's unclear when he might return.

Cincinnati opened the season with eight players on the disabled list, the most in the majors, and have had 13 players sidelined already this season. They've scored only 160 runs, the third-fewest in the National League.

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